The Specimen Processing Specialist is responsible for general support functions within the Specimen Processing Department. This position requires a medical data entry background. All functions must be performed with confidence, accuracy and in a timely manner. The Specimen Processing Specialist will learn and understand various client test requests. This position is critical to quality for customer satisfaction. Department is a production environment, with emphasis on productivity/quality standards and departmental completion times.
Verify patient demographics, physician data, tests requested, time and date of collection, appropriate clinical information and all other pertinent data found on laboratory request forms.
Identifies problems with specimen types, missing information etc. and engages Client Services department to resolve them.
Accurately enters patient information into laboratory information system (LIS).
Demonstrates an ability to learn the job duties assigned, and develops an understanding of how all the functions in Specimen Processing fit together.
High School degree or equivalent required.
One to three years previous laboratory and/or data entry experience.
Skills, such as experience in data entry, high attention to detail, and focus on quality are a must.
Knowledge of medical terminology and medications
Typing speed of at least 45 words per minute with a high accuracy rate.
Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
Ability to decipher various forms of handwriting.
Excellent skills in English usage, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Maintains composure while working under pressure.
Reflects good judgment at all times when determining what action to take when resolving problems.
Visual acuity (including color discrimination) and analytical skill to distinguish fine detail.
Manual dexterity to use common laboratory equipment and perform sterile techniques as required.
Must possess ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time.
Must possess ability to perform repetitive motion.
Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
May be exposed to hazardous waste material including stain waste (i.e., hematoxylin, eosin, etc.) aromatic hydrocarbons (xylene), and other combustible organics (i.e., ethyl alcohol and isopropanol).
May be required to handle blood-borne pathogens and general laboratory reagents.
This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any ti